Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Medical | By Johnnie Horton

German bombing suspect says he meant no harm

German bombing suspect says he meant no harm

A man accused of planting the bomb which hit the Borussia Dortmund football team bus has admitted detonating explosives along the route.

The court was told he had meant to cash in on so-called "put options", essentially betting on a falling share price.

Defense lawyer Carl Heydenreich told journalists outside a state court in Dortmund that his client deeply regretted what he had done and that he had planned the attacks to trigger a fall in BVB's share price from which he could profit.

Around 64 cigarette-sized metal bolts were used in the bombs, one of which was found lodged in Bartra's headrest.

The bus was damaged in the blast, and the suspect was arrested 10 days later.

The 28-year-old suspect, identified only as Sergej W in line with German privacy rules, is charged with 28 counts of attempted murder, two counts of bodily harm and setting off an explosion.

Marc Batra, a player on the Dortmund Borussia professional soccer team, who was aboard the team bus, was injured when three explosions struck as the team left Dortmund last April 11.

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He then bombed the bus and tried to disguise it as a terrorist attack.

Prosecutors charge that W had sought to profit from an anticipated plunge in the club's stock market value by cashing in on so-called put options, essentially bets on a falling share price.

He reportedly drew the attention of hotel staff after insisting on a window room facing the front of the hotel and later calmly ordered steak from the hotel restaurant amid the chaos.

A day after the attack, Dortmund played their postponed game against Monaco and lost, prompting then coach Thomas Tuchel to rail against UEFA for not giving the players time to come to terms with their fear before returning to the pitch.

He could face life imprisonment if convicted.

The trial is expected to run for a further 16 days.

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